Artefacts

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Collection of artefacts is stored in the following funds: archaeological, architectural details, pieces of applied art, objects of function and everyday use, ceramics and glassware, dress and textiles, coins, weapons, science and technology items and banners.

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  • Numismatics
    Numismatics  75
    More than 24 000 items.
    Collections of the numismatics fund reflect the history of St. Petersburg and Russia in general; give an idea of the political, social and cultural life of the XVIII-XX centuries and illustrate the history of the national medallic art and coinage. 

    • Coins
      Coins 15
      The main part of this section is made up of pre-revolutionary coins of the period from XVIII to the beginning of the XX century, coined at the mints of St. Petersburg, Moscow and Yekaterinburg; the most interesting coins in the collection are those dating to the times of the reign of Peter I.

      Due to an active policy of acquisition carried out in the 1970-1980-ies the ... 
    • Commemorative medals and tokens of the XVIII - XX centuries
      Commemorative medals and tokens of the XVIII - XX centuries 15
      The most interesting part of the collection presents samples of talented Russian (Timofey Ivanov, Samoilo Yudin, Fyodor Tolstoy, etc.) and foreign but working in Russia medal artists (Solomon Gouin, Johann Baltsar Gass, Carl Leberecht, Henrich Gube).

      The collection displays a wide range of commemorative medals of the Soviet period.
    • Breast signs
      Breast signs 15
      This section of collection includes the signs of educational organizations (civil and military), signs of public institutions and departments, various charitable institutions, societies, unions and committees.

      Many signs were fulfilled at high artistic level by famous Russian factories of XIX-XX centuries, such as “Edward”, Wunder brothers’, “E.Courtman”, “D.Osipov”.
    • State Awards of the USSR and Russian Federation
      State Awards of the USSR and Russian Federation 15
      This section includes complexes of awards belonging to many outstanding military and political figures of Russia (Pilutov P.A., Pokrishev P.A., Zinchenko A.R., Shikin I.V.) and prominent representatives of science and culture (Lihachev D.S., Filatov A.N., Zhukovski P.M., Levinson E.A., Rudnev L.V.)
    • Commemorative and souvenir badges of  soviet period
      Commemorative and souvenir badges of soviet period 15
      The most interesting part of collection is represented by the signs and badges of 1920-1930-s, such as the signs for excellent participants of socialist competition of various ministries and departments, the signs of the 5-year-plan shock workers, the badges of voluntary societies and organizations.

      Thanks to the acquisition of rich collections of soviet badges from such ... 
  • Architectural details
    Architectural details  64
    Approximately 11 000 items.
    The history of formation of the fund may be divided into two periods - 1900-1910s (The Museum of Old Petersburg) and 1970-1980s when during reparation or demolition of old urban areas the museum received a lot of architectural objects. Chronologically the fund covers the period from the XVIII to mid-XX century.
    • Stained-glass windows
      Stained-glass windows 8
      Decoration with stained-glass was one of the characteristic techniques in building of mid-XIX — early XX centuries in Saint-Petersburg. Though first stained-glass windows appeared in Russia in XII century, they were not widely spread. Stained-glass boom began during the reign of Nicolas I in 1820ies.

      At the end of XIX — beginning of XX century the appearance of the new ... 
    • Fireplaces and stoves
      Fireplaces and stoves 13
      Well-made fireplaces and stoves are the adornment of any room. They bring in the atmosphere of maximum comfort and coziness. Decoration with tiles is one of the remarkable branches of applied art.

      Tiled stoves played a significant role in decorating of the interiors of temples, refectory chambers and living rooms. Craftsmen took the subjects for their artworks from ... 
    • Fragments of the interiors and exteriors of buildings
      Fragments of the interiors and exteriors of buildings 17
      Ceramics was used in decoration of interiors and exteriors from ancient times. The greatest application of ceramics in architecture took place in modernist and neo-russian styles, which developed in late XIX — early XX centuries. Using ceramics in interiors gave high quality besides aesthetic effect, since ceramics was solid, weather-resisting and non-fading. It looked great combined with metal, ... 
    • Collection of household appliances
      Collection of household appliances 7
      Various groups of sanitary ware of different firms and countries form the fund.

      There is an interesting collection of w.c. pans and wash-bowls of English firms «Schill Seebohm & Co Ltd» and «Cauldon», the w.c.pan «Gladiator» bundled with a tank painted with blue cobalt in decalcomania technique.

      The fund has marble wash-bowls, decorated by ... 
    • Decorative and industrial metal products
      Decorative and industrial metal products 11
      The collection of decorative and industrial metal products of the fund includes park and garden fences, balcony barriers, holders of entrance canopies, street lamps, manhole covers, fireplace portals and furnaces, oven doors.

      The elements of bridge decorations (the Anichkov, the Blagoveshensky bridges), the elements of the dome of the Smolny cathedral are also in the fund. ... 
    • Models, reflecting the historical development of the city
      Models, reflecting the historical development of the city 8
      The models, kept in the fund, illustrate all the periods of development St.Petersburg as a city. They cover the period from the epoch of Peter the Great (for example, houses for different social classes) up to the second part of XX century, where one can find the projects of the Lenin stadium (1946), models “Planning of the Haven area” of 1950-ies, “Project of the 19-storey building of the 137th ... 
  • Historical household collection
    Historical household collection 54
    More than 15 000 items.
    The fund presents a variety of household objects made of metal, wood, paper, ivory and stone describing the life and manners of various social groups of St.Petersburg-Petrograd-Leningrad from the middle of the XVIII century to the present.
    • Travelware
      Travelware  8
      More than 100 units.
      The collection of travel supplies includes luggage trunks, suitcases, handbags, hat boxes and devices that can make life of travellers pleasant and easy.

      Moving from place to place was an essential part of the lifestyle in the 19th century. Treatment, visiting relatives and friends, moving from winter flat to summer house and back were the ... 
    • Toys and Board games
      Toys and Board games 7
      More than 400 items.
      The collection of foreign and Russian toys of the XIX – XX centuries is small (200 units), but quite various in origin, place of manufacture and artistic merits. A typical example of expensive toy for urban children is a doll with a porcelain head and body made of leather, fabric, papier-mache. Since 1880 dolls with children's proportions prevailed in production. ... 
    • Samovars, broth-pots and cookware
      Samovars, broth-pots and cookware 8
      The collection includes more than 130 items among which are the examples of mass production and unique pieces.

      The bulk of the collection consists of samovars made in the second half of the nineteenth century in Tula at the factories of Batashev, Vorontsov, Reinhold and Emil Tejle, Shemarin brothers. There are also samovars with hallmarks of the Moscow, Saint Petersburg ... 
    • Tableware
      Tableware 8
      The historical collection contains about 1200 different types of metal tableware and cutlery.

      Among the rarest and most valuable items of the collection there is a tea set produced by the workshops of Veliky Ustyug, imitating expensive chinaware. To simulate porcelain the masters used various techniques. Metal (usually copper) shape of the objects was covered with several ... 
    • Souvenirs and gifts  for jubilees
      Souvenirs and gifts for jubilees 5
      The collection includes more than 500 samples of souvenir and gift products that are associated with important events of pre-revolutionary, Soviet and modern Russia – from the cup on the coronation of Emperor Nicholas II up to the egg "Saint-Petersburg", created recently in the workshop of Theo Faberge and gifted to our city.

      Souvenirs reflect national ... 
    • Packaging for food and industrial products
      Packaging for food and industrial products 5
      About 1,600 units.
      Product packaging is a very important tool to influence consumers, so every manufacturer pays special attention to it. Factory packaging with artwork began from the second half of the XIX century. From this period the packaging has become a carrier of advertising information.

      Packaging the late XIX – early XX centuries (250 items) used a ... 
    • Inkstands and  stationery
      Inkstands and stationery 8
      Collection of inkstands has about 200 items of Russian and foreign production, made in different historical styles. Especially valuable are the author's and memorial items.
        
      First inkstands appeared with the creation of thin canvases, such as parchment and papyrus. In Egypt and China ink for writing was made of soot and ... 
    • Caskets
      Caskets 5
      The collection of caskets has more than 250 objects of various shapes, styles and materials.

      Caskets of papier-mache with lacquer paintings form a separate group of about 30 units. The art of lacquer painting originated in China and then spread to Korea, Japan, countries of Indochina, India and Persia. In Europe workshops for the production of articles painted in the ... 
  • Ceramics and glassware
    Ceramics and glassware 92
    More than 12 380 items.
    The fund posesses objects of artistic and historical value. These are sculptures, vases and tableware including items with views of St. Petersburg-Leningrad and its environs, with portraits and domestic scenes. Major part of the fund is presented by samples of mass production of ceramics and glass which were widely used by citizens.
    • Russian ceramics
      Russian ceramics 25
      More than 2000 units.
      The items (over 200 units), received from the collections of the Museum of Old Petersburg (founded in 1907) and the Museum of the City (founded in 1918) formed the beginning of the collection of Russian porcelain.

      Vases, decorative dishes, plates with the views of St. Petersburg, table sets, tea and coffee sets made at the state and ... 
    • Soviet ceramics
      Soviet ceramics  26
      More than 2,500 units.
      Chronological beginning of this section is presented by the items of propaganda porcelain (1918-mid 1930s) – a new direction in art, aimed to serve the promotion of the young Soviet state. The porcelain of this period was produced in minor quantities - no more than 300 copies, and was intended mainly for exhibiting at numerous international exhibitions. ... 
    • Foreign ceramics
      Foreign ceramics  17
      More than 2000 items.
      This section is represented by the products made in the end of XVIII - beginning of the XXI century at the factories of Western Europe.

      The beginning of the collection of foreign porcelain were the items (over 100 units) received from the collections of the Museum of Old Petersburg (founded in 1907) and the Museum of the City (founded ... 
    • Russian, Soviet and West-European glassware
      Russian, Soviet and West-European glassware 12
      More than 3000 items.
      This section includes the products made at Russian and foreign factories in the XIX and XXI centuries.

      A small group form the items from the collections of the Museum of Old Petersburg (founded in 1907) and the Museum of the City (founded in 1918). For example, a glass with the engraved image of the panorama of Nevsky Prospekt from the ... 
    • Collection of gifts
      Collection of gifts 12
      More than 1000 units.
      Gifts were received from various community organizations and individuals with regard to the various anniversaries of the city.

      The Museum's collection includes gifts from the representatives of Leningrad - Petersburg, Kronstadt, Novgorod, Odessa, Mongolia, Central Asian republics, Ukraine, Belarus, Poland, Czech Republic, United Arab ... 
  • Archaeology
    Archaeology  41
    More than 13,000 items.
    The archaeological collection was formed in early 1970s and was expanded with items from archaeological excavations of burial mounds, hills, sites of ancient settlements, embattled cities, etc., located on the territories of Leningrad, Pskov regions and St. Petersburg.

    The excavations were funded by the Museum of the History of the ... 
    • Medieval monuments of VIII — XV centuries
      Medieval monuments of VIII — XV centuries  21
      This section is a part of the collection of the Fund dating back to the period of "Slavic colonization" of the North-West, the times of close contacts of the Slavs with the Finno-Ugric tribes and the Normans, and the formation of Ancient Russia.

      These are the complexes of objects found at archeological excavations of the settlement Gordets near Luga (IX-XIII ... 
    • Urban medieval culture of XIII — XVII centuries
      Urban medieval culture of XIII — XVII centuries 10
      Collection of items from Oreshek and Ivangorod is the largest in the Fund (about 7000 units from Oreshek and 2000 units from Ivangorod). It gives an idea about the history and culture of these cities-fortresses, since the moment of their construction (Oreshek in the XIV century, Ivangorod in XV century), covering the prosperous epoch of the powerful Novgorod-the-Great (Oreshek), the times of the ... 
    • Arhaeology of XVIII-XX centuries
      Arhaeology of XVIII-XX centuries 10
      Collection of objects is connected directly with the city of St. Petersburg since its foundation.

      This section includes items found during archaeological excavations at the Peter-and-Paul fortress and the historical part of city, during the restoration works in the architectural monuments, and found as lifting material during excavation works as well as the objects coming ... 
  • Decorative and applied arts
    Decorative and applied arts 41
    About 6000 items.
    The collection includes objects of decorative art, interior design, industrial design, created both in Russia and in other countries in the XVIII–XX centuries and existed in Petersburg-Petrograd-Leningrad in the pre-revolutionary and Soviet periods.

    The objects reveal valuable information about the era of their creation and help to reflect ... 
    • Furniture
      Furniture 17
      About 4500 items.
      Russian household furniture of the XIX-XX centuries forms the bulk of the collection. The most valuable group are the items produced at the famous St. Petersburg furniture workshops: G. Gambs, F.F.Melzer, G.V.Buchtger, S.P.Zimin, as well as the items, based on sketches by famous architects L. Ruska, V. Stasov.

      The collection also includes ... 
    • Lighting fixtures
      Lighting fixtures 12
      More than 800 items.
      This section of the collection is varied in composition. It includes products made of gilded or patinated bronze, intended for the decoration of the front interiors, and utilitarian lighting of the the most common types: candlesticks, chandeliers, sconces, lanterns, floor lamps made of different materials (metal, porcelain, glass, wood, stone).
      ... 
    • Clocks and watches
      Clocks and watches 12
      More than 400 units.
      This section of the collection of objects of decorative art presents a variety of clocks — table, floor, wall clocks and wrist watches.

      In the collection you can see the clocks made in the XVIII–XX centuries by the West-European manufacturers and also by the companies that had stores and branches in St. Petersburg (P. Buhre, F. Winter, ... 
  • Costumes and fabrics
    Costumes and fabrics 60
    More than 13 000 items.
    The fund presents items of dress, shoes, headwear and accessories of the XVIII - early XXI centuries, which allow to trace back the history of the costumes for several centuries.
    • Accessories
      Accessories 20
      This section is the most diverse in its composition. The word accessory (fr. accessoire) is of French origin and refers to a small item, the associated object, supplementing the costume and allowing you to create one complete ensemble.

      The collection includes women's, men's and kid's costume accessories of various purposes, dating back to the period from XVIIIth century ... 
    • The collection of costumes
      The collection of costumes 20
      Costume (lat. costume) - can mean clothes in general or distinctive style in clothing reflecting the social, national, regional belonging. Being an important part of the history of material and spiritual culture, it combines various kinds of decorative and applied arts — weaving, lace making, jewelry, embroidery, ornamentation, etc.

      Clothing is a direct symbol of being ... 
    • Memorial complex
      Memorial complex 20
      Memorial complex is an important part of the collection of the costume and fabrics. Memorial мuseum objects mean items associated with the important historical events or historical persons.
      In the context of the collection Fund these persons are honored workers of science and art of the late XIX – early XX centuries, poets and writers; soldiers of the First and Second World wars, ... 
  • Musical instruments, equipment and sound records
    Musical instruments, equipment and sound records 44
    2 704 items.
    The collection stored in the fund covers the time period of the second half of the XIX - end of the XX century.
    • Mechanical reproducing equipment
      Mechanical reproducing equipment 14
      The fund presents mechanical musical instruments, musical boxes with scores and removable drives, phonographs and gramophones, dating back to the end of XIX — beginning of XX century
    • Musical instruments
      Musical instruments 14
      The fund presents different groups of musical instruments, dating back to the beginning and middle of the twentieth century - pianos, harmoniums, violins, guitars, harmonics, brass and percussion musical instruments of various domestic and foreign firms.
    • The gramophone records of 1900 - 1990-ies
      The gramophone records of 1900 - 1990-ies 16
      Collection of gramophone records of our Fund is extensive and diverse. We present the production of many well-known domestic and foreign manufacturers of gramophone records of XX century. There are early examples of records, made on the basis of shellac.
  • Science and technology
    Science and technology  63
    More than 8 000 items.
    The main part of the fund consists of a variety of labour-saving devices, used in urban environment or manufactured by enterprises of St. Petersburg-Petrograd-Leningrad. Timeline of the items covers the period from the middle of the XIX - end of the XX century.
    • Office equipment
      Office equipment  8
      The first reliable and convenient model of a typewriter appeared in 1873. The Remington factory began its production .

      Currently the collection of typewriters has 107 items dating back to 1870-1990-ies.

      The collection of calculating and computing machines consists of 45 items, including one of the first arithmometers, invented by Theophilus Odner ... 
    •  Physical devices and chemical laboratory glassware
      Physical devices and chemical laboratory glassware 8
      Physical devices and chemical laboratory glassware (items associated with the names of famous scientists - I.P. Pavlov, I.M.Sechenov, A.E.Favorski, S. V. Lebedev and others).
    •  Collection of sewing machines  of 1870-1990-ies
      Collection of sewing machines of 1870-1990-ies 8
      The collection consists of 79 items. These are mainly household sewing machines, but there are also industrial ones. 34 companies producing sewing machines in the period 1870-1990-ies are represented in this collection.
    • Vehicles and their models
      Vehicles and their models 8
      The fund includes cars, motorcycles and bicycles, as well as a collection of models, representing different kinds of sea, river, electric, rail and road transport and animal traction.
    • Photo and cine hardware
      Photo and cine hardware 8
      The fund presents different types of film and photo cameras, enlargers, meters and devices for processing and printing: timers, processing tanks, mounting frames, etc.
    •  Optical devices
      Optical devices 5
      The collection presents the microscopes ( 51 item dating back to 1870 - 1973-ies), binoculars - 58 items ( 1820-1981-ies), telescopes - 8 subjects (the end of XIX century - 1910-ies)
    • Medical instruments
      Medical instruments  5
      The collection includes surgical, gynecological and other tools, a variety of instruments for measuring pressure, cardiac, ophthalmic and other instruments, including the equipment of the dental office of the late XIX century
    • Devices for  weight, volume and  linear measurement
      Devices for weight, volume and linear measurement 5
      Collection of the weight measures consists of 160 items and includes the steelyards, beam, spring, analytical and postal scales. The collection of linear measures includes meters, yards, roulettes, etc., - 105 items (1860-1970-ies)
    •  Communication equipment
      Communication equipment 7
      The Fund presents a collection of various radio equipment: radios, speakers, collections of telegraph and telephone apparatus, TV-sets dating back to the end 1930-1980-ies.
  • Weapons
    Weapons  9
    More than 1 000 items.
    The fund contains different types of Russian and foreign firearms and cold-steal weapons, ammunition and protective arms of the XVIII-XX centuries.
  • Textiles and banners
    Textiles and banners  45
    About 4000 items.
    The fund keeps fabrics (excluding clothes and accessories), which reflect the history, culture and everyday life of St. Petersburg during the period of XVIII-early XXI centuries.
  • Collections of the Sergey Kirov Museum
    Collections of the Sergey Kirov Museum  21
    The basis of the museum's collection is formed by the Sergey Kirov Museum Fund, which stores 38 765 items.